Alumni Awards

Annual Awards Honor Bulls Making an Impact

A long-standing USF Alumni Association tradition is to annually recognize and celebrate outstanding alumni and community leaders who have made a significant contribution to the university and the community. The USF Alumni Awards are the university's highest awards for alumni and community members.

Recipients are typically announced in late spring or early summer, and presented with their awards at a ceremony and dinner held during USF's Homecoming Week. They are also recognized on the field at the Homecoming football game.

Distinguished Alumnus or Alumna Award

Since 1976, this award has recognized USF alumni who have reached the pinnacle of success in their careers or professions. Criteria and award selection information »

Donald A. Gifford Service Award

This award, presented since 1991 and renamed in 2000, honors USF graduates who have rendered distinguished service to USF and the community. Criteria and award selection information »

Class of '56 Award

This award recognizes a non-USF graduate who has provided outstanding service to USF and the Tampa Bay community. Criteria and award selection information »

Submit a Nomination

2024 Event Timeline

January 15
Nominations open

March 15
Nominations close

May 17
Recipients notified

Homecoming Week (October)
Alumni Awards Dinner and Ceremony

2023 Alumni Awards

The 2023 Alumni Awards was a grand celebration honoring five dynamic, highly successful individuals. The dinner and ceremony were held in the USF Marshall Center during Homecoming.

Meet the 2023 USF Alumni Award recipients

See the full list of past award recipients

Watch the 2023 Alumni Awards Recap

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